Woman fights to keep her father's killer in prison - FOX 13 News

Woman fights to keep her father's killer in prison

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TALLAHASSEE (FOX 13) -

It's her 28th trip to Tallahassee, asking to keep her father's killers in prison, and Susan Morrison says it never gets easier.

"I would think they would feel eternal shame for that they have done," Morrison said.

She has made it her life's mission to keep the two men in prison. Since Lester Morrison's murder 40 years ago, Susan Morrison has made it to every parole hearing for Arthur Copeland and Alfred Rosher.

"So I truly believe they should remain in prison for the rest of their lives because that is the responsibility they need to take for their actions," Morrison said.

The two men murdered Morrison in 1974 and robbed him of $85 they found in his pockets.

At the time they were sentenced, Florida law allowed parole.

Criminal defense attorney Jeff Brown says that's all changed now.

"Florida abolished parole, so anyone after 1983 will never have an option for parole. But those that were sentenced before 1983 are grandfathered in so they are still going to be considering those inmates for parole, " Brown said.

The parole commission considers a criminal's entire history and testimony for the inmate and the victims loved ones.

At the hearing Wednesday, it was revealed Copeland has had 17 prison violations that included sex acts, and Rosher has been written up twice after being caught with contraband.

Like 28 other times before, both men were denied parole.

Morrison left Tallahassee relieved and ready for her 29th visit in five years.

"I'm satisfied at this point, but I will continue to fight in the future because they do need to remain in prison for the rest of their lives," she said.

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